Teesworks, the UK’s largest Industrial zone, has today revealed its brand-new gatehouse and entrance that will wow would-be investors from around the world when they arrive.
A planning application has today been submitted for the £1million development, which will see a state-of-the-art gatehouse and entrance constructed, along with new landscaping and expanded visitor parking. The sleek, modern design will create a bold and impressive entranceway to the UK’s biggest regeneration and investment opportunity and improve the overall visitor experience.
Construction is planned to start as early as October and is scheduled to be complete before the end of the year. The works will be undertaken by Esh Construction who will use a large number of local subcontractors, creating and safeguarding 40 jobs.
The gatehouse will feature improved security measures, lighting and signage as well as built-in training facilities. As part of the £1million investment by Teesworks, the iconic Steelworks bridge will also be given a makeover, promoting the new name for the site to all that drive past.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen added: “Teesworks is the UK’s largest industrial zone and forms a key part of my plan for jobs. Already 505 jobs have been created on the site for local workers through our demolition and remediation programme that is getting the site ready for investment and more local jobs for local people.
“The redevelopment of the former Redcar steelworks is the largest redevelopment and investment opportunity in the UK and is getting attention from companies from around the world. With this global attention we need a shop window, an entrance that makes people sit-up and take notice and that’s exactly what we get with the new design. This is much more than just a lick of paint – it will define our site for decades to come and give us a public-facing presence we can all be proud of.
“Two months ago, I unveiled a 12-month vision for Teesworks that would create 775 jobs and already the spades are in the ground across the site and the jobs are being created for people from Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool.”
At the Teesworks brand launch on 28 July, Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council Cllr Mary Lanigan had set the challenge for it to be complete this year, reacting to the confirmation of the news, Cllr Lanigan said: “It is exciting to see real, tangible progress being made – and jobs created – at what is a vital project, although, of course, these plans must be examined properly. We are talking about a huge industrial site with potential to attract investors from across the world and it is crucial we get this right.”